Hiroshi Fuji is a social activist. Fuji creates installations, performances, and events that focus on community. He uses materials deemed useless or valueless by society – such as empty water bottles, and old toys – to create works of art. One of his projects is “Kaekko”, a project that simulates the model of a bazaar: Children exchange their unwanted toys, creating a new market and new values for formerly worthless items. For “Lucky Number Seven“, SITE Santa Fe Seventh International Biennial, he created “Kaeru”. As Hiroshi Fuji states: “Kaeru starts with a bazaar where children bring unwanted toys to exchange. Local people involve themselves in making artworks from the materials brought to the bazaar. Those works are the interwoven with elements at key places in Santa Fe.” This video shows Kaeru at the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Opera Parking Lot. Other venues are Fine Arts for Children & Teens and the National Dance Institute of New Mexico.
PS: The shooting of the Santa Fe Opera Parking Lot was really funny, did you know a cult called “Tailgating“?
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